Improving last year’s 27th-place finish, Daniel Whiting took 17th in the boys’ division at the 1B/2B State cross-country tournament at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday, Nov. 3. Alex Carper took 33rd to lead Ilwaco in the girls’ race.

Carper finished in 21:51, a bit out in front of teammates Carli Kemmer (22:18, 46th) and Estella Sheldon (47th, 22:22.9.) Junior Novie McCabe, of Winthrop-based Liberty Bell, won the 5000-meter race in 18:27.4, forty-nine seconds in front of the second-place Life Christian freshman Gabby Martin. The field consisted of 116 runners who all made it through their District tournaments.

Whiting finished in 17:17.8, in a field of 154 runners. Tristan Trudell was eight places behind him, finishing 25th with a 17:35.2. Adna’s Austen Apperson won the boys’ race in 15:56.4, 25 seconds ahead of the second-place Noah Phillips of Northwest Christian.

Colton McNabb (19:01.3), Ghannon Whelden (19:07.3) and Logan Simonson (19:10.3) helped Ilwaco to a tenth-place team finish, out of 16 teams with enough runners to qualify. Brady Rasmussen capped his freshman season with a 19:46.7 mark, while Anderson Stoddard ended his career with a 20:25.9.

The Ilwaco girls team finished ninth out of 12 qualifying teams. Emma Brundage capped a standout freshman season with a 23:21.6. Nisa Mendoza contributed to Ilwaco’s team score with a 24:36.6. Kaytlenn Whelden came in at 24:50.1, Daniela Mendez in 26:25.2.

Aaron Mead is a sports writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact him at 360-642-8181 or

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